Author: P.A. Lupton
Source: Requested Review
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback, 360 pgs
Release Date: July 21, 2011
FBI agent and psychic, Brianna Reece, descends from an ancient and powerful bloodline of witches, only she doesn’t know it. But now that legacy has come back to bite her—literally.
In the shadows of night in Denver Colorado, a serial killer is hunting women, and FBI agent Brianna Reece is hunting the killer. Unlike any case she’s worked before, Brianna can’t ignore the prickling at the back of her neck when she glimpses the resemblance she shares with the victims. The investigation begins to touch even closer to home when it is revealed that all of the victims were also psychic.
Complicating matters further, Brianna is captivated by the FBI’s prime suspect Nathan Donovan. Though she senses he is hiding something from her, the attraction she feels for him is compelling, and unlike anything she’s ever experienced. Through a chance twist of fate, Nathan learns of Brianna’s ancestry and is forced to divulge secrets to Brianna that will change her life forever.
When she learns that the killer is an evil vampire, and he’s now set his sights on her, Nathan alone holds the key to awakening her dormant powers. Now he must race to teach her how to control her emergent gifts before she becomes the next victim.
Vampires, witches, FBI Agents, a serial killer, murder, betrayal and romance come together in this first of a new series by P. A. Lupton. Written in first person from the point of view of the female lead, Lupton adds to the traditional mythos of both vampires and witches. With several interesting twists and turns, this has a very good story line and fully developed characters.
Gotta love a story that can work in references to not only Anne Rice, the X-Files and Buffy, the Vampire Slayer but also classic rock ballads - Heatwave’s Now and Forever; now that takes me back.
Nathan, the male lead, is stunned when he finds out who Brianna really is and that she doesn't really know who she is other than the basics which she has just learned from her father. He tells Brianna “I feel a strange … connection to you...” Nathan turns her world upside down in so many ways it's like she's on an amusement ride. He is further amazed when she tells him “'Okay...” [rolling her] eyes sarcastically ... 'Then, bite me.'”
Brianna, humorous and quick to anger FBI agent, can sense things about people - she's an Empath. She is also a pistol - she decked her new partner, Morrison, before she knew who he was. When she meets Nathan, she "noticed three things at once: First, the alluring scent that filled the room was him. Second, he was undeniably the most drop dead gorgeous man [she] had ever laid eyes on. And third, he was the source of the pulsating charge in the room. His aura literally vibrated like nothing [she’d] ever seen or felt before, it was as if lightning were contained in the body of a man ... Great, his voice was just as destructive to [her] libido as his touch, it was like pure sex!"
From the very beginning there is a steamy chemistry between Brianna and Nathan. And the sex between Brianna and Nathan rivals that of Lynsay Sands' Argeneau series mates who pass out because the sex is so good.
Even though this is a nice long well developed story, I was so captivated by the story, I read it in one day. I think fans of the paranormal romance, vampire and witch genres will enjoy this story.